Cattle are my "retirement" plan

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Cattle are my "retirement" plan

Postby George Monk » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:08 am

Hello I am new to the board but have farmed all my life. I currently am a teacher who would love to farm full time. My wife and I bought our place in '91 and raised hogs, farrow to finish, until the market dropped out of that and I took a job in a different city to advance my teaching. We are planning to raise registered Angus. About half we are going to use to market as registered and the other half as cross bred, bred heifers. I am going to start with the good ol' black baldie and as our numbers increase offer other crosses. We hope to end up with 150-175 hd.
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Postby dun » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:17 am

When you retire you'll never work as hard in your life. The 18-24 hour days sometimes 8 days a week sure beats 9-5 5 days a week with a 2 week vacation.

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Postby Susie David » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:43 am

Welcome...glad to hear from another working retiree.
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Postby George Monk » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:47 am

I hope I don't work as hard as when we raised hogs. I tought in a small school had 7 preps, 3 varsity sports and was a class sponsor. We had 60 sows on dirt lots with a wood crate farrowing house. During summers I worked 80 hrs/wk for a buddy and then took care of my place. I think I generally worked 120 hrs /wk. My place can be lit up like a small city. Spent lots of hours grinding feed at 10 pm and countless hours in the farrowing house 'cause we had a policy of seeing every pig born. I also farmed about 250-275 acres of crops. Even now I am still running about 150 ac crops and have 30 cows teaching ap chem, chem, and coaching softball.
but even knowing how much work is ahead of me I would farm right now if I could affod it!!!
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Postby Calman » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:06 pm

hello George Monk and welcome.
I am also a retiree who moved to a farm and working twice as hard as the reg. job but enjoying everybit of it.

Retirement means different things to different people.
It does not mean being a couch potato to me.

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Postby Bud In lower Ala » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:27 pm

Hello Mr. Monk, All my life I have loved cows and have tried to raise a few and pastor Southern Baptist Churches in Texas and Ala. In 1984 I bought a little piece of land in Lower Ala. thinking I would retire when I became 62 and start raising cows full time.BUTI didn't count on the Lord keeping me in the ministry full time. So now my wife and I stay busy with cows and all that goes with it and at 68yo, I'm still preaching full time. But I wouldn't have it any other way as long as I can keep up my health. And yes. I work harder and just as long hours as I did BEFORE I retired.
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Postby flaboy+ » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:44 am

Welcome. I hope you don't plan to rely on the income from this retirement plan.
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Postby SPRINGER FARMS MURRAY GRE » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:18 pm

Welcome! :cboy:
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Postby Beefy » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:16 pm

what does retire mean?
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Postby Beef11 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:36 am

Retire means you have enough money to quit your job and work with your own cattle fulltime and a half.

I really need a Coke thanks to your picture Beefy. I think I'm going to go get one. Naw I think i'll get 3 in case the first to don't quench my thirst. The enjoyment of drinking coke is knowing that you have another on deck. I want a really cold one. I'll be right back gotta get that coke
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Postby Beef11 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:53 am

ok i got it. Life is better now. The Diet Dr. Thunder just wasn't cutting it and i needed some real soda. Only thing that could be better is Christmas Coke instead i got Olympic Coke.
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Postby Beefy » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:55 am

Beef11 wrote:Retire means you have enough money to quit your job and work with your own cattle fulltime and a half.


people really do that?
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Postby Beef11 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:44 am

Beef11 wrote:
Retire means you have enough money to quit your job and work with your own cattle fulltime and a half.



people really do that?




It seems that only town people retire. Ranchers ranch till they die. I have a sneaking suspicion that they ranch after they die also being how it makes sense and all.
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Postby gendronf » Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:54 am

Hi George Monk and welcome.
I am also a retiree. 8 years ago I bough a small farm (with not even a fork left) and now I got more than 300 heads and 2000 acres. What you can dream, you can make it. Your 150-175 heads, you will manage to get them. I hope you lots of success.
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